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Anil Singhal & Narendra Popat

Friday, November 21, 2008

It’s surprising that two men with such different interests and talents have managed to come together as one force to make a difference in the virtual world. NetScout systems co-founders Anil Singhal and Narendra Popat have effectively done so, while demonstrating the typically Indian concept of “do more with less.” Aside from several other solutions to crisis management, NetScout provides hardware and software products that allow companies to monitor network and application traffic in real time. These products help companies more accurately and efficiently forecast network and application usage available bandwidth and the source of traffic at any specific time. Originally a consulting company, NetScout changed its name in 1997, according to the founders, “to more accurately reflect the nature of its business.”
“Falling victim to cyber assaults can easily translate into losses of millions of dollars, which is why companies need network monitoring technology that provide insight into network traffic and deliver the information needed to quickly respond to calculated attacks,”” said vice president Michael Szebados, in reference to the recent cyber attacks on CNN, e-trade and Yahoo.

The primary strategist behind the 16-year-old company’s business and marketing is its president and chief operating officer, Popat. Before forming the company, Popat was employed with at Wang Laboratories, where he was recognized with the president’s award. Popat earned an engineering degree in India and a Master’s degree in computer science and mathematics at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell . Even more important, to him, is the “practical degree” he gained in entrepreneurship, which has helped place the company in an enviable position among fast-growing private companies.

Capturing the 21st place in 1997 Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing private companies was a significant milestones for the company. The same year, it placed 17th among the New England “Fast 50” technology spotted by Deloitte & Touche, and shared the national Ernst & Entrepreneur of the Year award. NetScout was also named in Investor’s Business Daily’s December 1999 list of the 200 best technology stocks.

Singhal, NetScout’s chairman and CEO said, “The IBD rating is a reflection and validation of our strategy to continue building value for our customers and our shareholders through the delivery of comprehensive network management solutions.” NetScout received an EPS ranking of 91, meaning its profit growth has surpassed 91 percent of other public technology companies.

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